Social Skills

The purpose of OTA’s Social Skills Program is to provide children with social/ pragmatic needs the opportunity to interact with peers in a safe and structured environment. Placement in a group is decided based upon: goals that need to be targeted, skill set already achieved, age, and availability. OTA currently offers large group opportunities (Approximately 5-8 children and 2 Clinicians) as well as Play Pal opportunities (2 -3 children and 1 Clinician). Below are some of our common goals and objectives:

Goals and Objectives for Older Children

Conversation initiation and maintenance
Discussion of emotions
Being a good sport
Being respectful
Negotiating and compromising
Tolerating consequences
Listening and attention skills
General rules of communication
Observing others
Role play
Self-monitoring one’s own behavior
Cooperative play skills

Goals and Objectives for Younger Children

Responding to peers, caregivers, and teachers
Turn taking in play and conversation
Initiating play
Body language and eye contact
General ideas and discussion of feelings
Displaying good manners and showing respect
Role play
Cooperative play skills

Play Pal Objectives

The goals and objectives for these sessions are discussed and agreed upon with the specific clinician in order to meet each child’s needs. They could be a combination of any of the above objectives, or goals may emphasize higher level or lower functioning skills.

How To Join

Please call The Speech Intake Coordinator, at 781-245-4446 to express your interest and fill out a Social Skills Packet. Candidates for the program are put into a pool. When there is an appropriate match for your child, you will be contacted.